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Here's where the magic happens. I'll be posting about all of my experiences and experiments (both failed and successful ones), introducing you to my costumes, sharing fun stories, linking tutorials and useful products, and who knows what else!

 

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They're Outta Here!

Michael MacWolff

Welcome back everyone! Sorry for the hiatus, but I’m currently smack in between two vending events so I’ve not been doing as much cosplay work to focus on having enough inventory for my shows! However, I have finished two major projects and I have some other stuff in the works and I’d like to share all that with you lovely people.

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First up we have the finished suit of armor that I’ve been working on! I’m super happy with how this guy turned out and I can’t wait to see Indi in it cause they’re gonna be such a wonderful Silas!


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My second finished project is the Dark Magician staff I’ve been working on for a long-time customer of mine! And yes, the orb on the end does in fact glow!

I’m happy to have my first two commissions under my belt for the year and I look forward to seeing both of my customers’ full cosplays when they’re all put together!


Next on the list I have some minor progress on my current personal project which you’ve already seen some work from. That would be Frog from Chrono Trigger, who I’m hoping to debut at Tekko in April. I already have the head 90% done (I just need to add a few small details like barbels and tympanum). so I started working on a few other bits. Thankfully the pants are just plain pants, but I needed a shirt that looks like his skin so I made one with the leftover fleece from the head so it would match.

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I did my best to show off all 3 colors here, since the front is all white and the back is all green.

I’ve also started putting together his breastplate, which I’m making out of 3 different types of foam.

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The base is a large peice of EVA foam floor mat, with the weird texture facing the inside. The white bubbles are halves of styrofoam balls, and the rounded edge is part of those foam insulation tubes that you get to insulate pipes and things (you can find them at the hardware store. I also have some heavy-gauge galvanized wire on the inside to help it keep its shape since I don’t plan on putting worbla on the outside of this guy, I’m gonna try doing a plasti-dip coating instead. Unfortunately I can’t really do that until it gets a bit warmer, so this is about as far as that part’s gonna get for a bit.



The last project I’ve started is a new commission from a friend of mine who’s a member of my steampunk group, the Cleveland Zeppelin Union. It’s not actually a steampunk project but it seemed like a good reason to plug our club. Anyway, it’s actually a project I’ve had before, but it’s been quite a few years since I had my first go at it. It’s Isabela’s necklace from Dragon Age 2.

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This was my first go at this project, which for reference is from 2014. It certainly doesn’t look terrible, but unfortunately my client wasn’t super happy with the way it fit so I ended up having to redo it. Regardless, I think this definitely shows how far I’ve come over the last 5 years.

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Between my familiarity with materials, my greater attention to detail, and just having a better feel for how to use what I have to make something look nice, this is going to be a major improvement over the foam pieces I made in 2014. Beyond that, I’ve been a lot more proactive with looking online to see if and how other cosplayers have made their stuff. Much like with constructing Frog’s head, I managed to find an awesome Isabela cosplayer who had a detailed description of how she made the jewelry (and the rest of her cosplay). So a big shout-out to Azzura on RPF for guiding me on this project!

I obviously still have a good bit of work ahead of me, but I probably won’t be doing much more work on this stuff until after my second event (which is the first weekend on March). I may try to crank out Isabela’s necklace though, so I can get it to my friend sooner rather than later.

Pre/Post Con Frenzy

Michael MacWolff

Hey guys, apologies for my absence last week, I was in a frenzy last week trying to get all of my junk together for ConCoction since I had a vendor table there and actually did really well! It was a flurry of ties, life counters, and gears to restock after the clearout of my inventory around Christmas, and I haven't had time to build it back up again. If you are interested, I have all of the leftover inventory up on my etsy store, including a bunch of new tie designs and the arrival of the [NEW AND IMPROVED] Bow TIE fighters! And they look a lot more like real bow ties now! They're available in traditional TIE, First Order TIE, TIE Interceptor, and TIE Advanced, so GO BUY ONE! ==> BUY IT HERE

So now that we're post-con and I have a moment to breath (haha, yeah right), I've put my nose back to the grindstone of propmaking and at the moment, also lots of costume-making! Suki and Sokka are well underway and thankfully are almost done minus a few seams and some bias tape, and some coats of paint, and shin guards, and... ok maybe I lied and there's a lot left to do, but they're coming along nicely! Check them out:

It's still missing the side flaps in this photo, but it actually looks like a Kyoshi warrior, HUZZAH!

It's still missing the side flaps in this photo, but it actually looks like a Kyoshi warrior, HUZZAH!

These are the bracers, which look kinda weird when they're flat... 

These are the bracers, which look kinda weird when they're flat... 

These used to be black fans, and now they're pretty gold ones! I never want to have to do that again because for as simple as it looks, they're a pain in the ass.

These used to be black fans, and now they're pretty gold ones! I never want to have to do that again because for as simple as it looks, they're a pain in the ass.

Sokka's weapons are finally getting some paint!

Sokka's weapons are finally getting some paint!

I am presently (and by that I mean it's literally sitting on the futon behind me) stitching Sokka's tunic together, there's bias tape in the arm holes that needs stitched in which I'd have gladly modeled for you all but it has a bunch of pins in it and I'm not in need of acupuncture at the moment.

The other fun project I managed to complete in the last couple of weeks was Isabella's necklace from Dragon Age. It probably looks familiar since I've made one before. Now I can make it even better cause I know how to work with worbla!

Funky understructure held together with masking tape. Yes, people, I am a professional.

Funky understructure held together with masking tape. Yes, people, I am a professional.

See! Add some worbla and it looks much better!

See! Add some worbla and it looks much better!

Paint, medallions, and a fake gem! BOOM! We're done!

Paint, medallions, and a fake gem! BOOM! We're done!

That's all folks! Join us next week for (maybe?) some finished Avatar: the Last Airbender warriors!

Outfitting a Witch of the Wilds

Michael MacWolff

Hey folks, quick entry here today with some fun props I just finished! I've been working on a prop set for a friend who is cosplaying Morrigan from Dragon Age. I was asked to make a staff and a necklace for her and I just  wanted to show off a few photos. Enjoy!

This is the necklace base, with the pearl strand on the desk which will be added later

This is the necklace base, with the pearl strand on the desk which will be added later

Here's the main pendant and some other dangly bits

Here's the main pendant and some other dangly bits

Some paint and the pendant is looking better!

Some paint and the pendant is looking better!

Here's all the gold pieces on the base. They're actually cut popsicle sticks which were painted gold!

Here's all the gold pieces on the base. They're actually cut popsicle sticks which were painted gold!

Put it all together and you have a beautiful necklace

Put it all together and you have a beautiful necklace

The staff started with a big branch and a bunch of little branches... and some tin foil and masking tape. Don't judge the jankiness, just wait til you see how it turned out!

The staff started with a big branch and a bunch of little branches... and some tin foil and masking tape. Don't judge the jankiness, just wait til you see how it turned out!

Add some worbla and we're in business!

Add some worbla and we're in business!

Slap some paint on it ant it looks like a stick.... again... but at least it's the right shaped stick now

Slap some paint on it ant it looks like a stick.... again... but at least it's the right shaped stick now

The last detail is the red string around the top, and voila! Finished staff!

The last detail is the red string around the top, and voila! Finished staff!